Independence Year : 1964
Population : 380200
Life Expectancy : 77.9
Capital : 2484
GNP : 3512.00
GNP Old : 3338.00
Local Name : Malta
Government Form : Republic
Location : Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, east of Tunisia, south of Sicily (Italy)
Terrain : Coastal cliffs, rocky, low hills
Climate : Mediterranean: subtropical summer, with mild, rainy winters
Ethnic Group : Mixture of Arab, Sicilian, Norman, Spanish, Italian, English
Religions : Roman Catholic, 98%.
Official Website : www.gov.mt
Genral Information - Malta
Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in the early 19th century. The island supported the UK through both World Wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. On 13 December 1974 Malta became a republic. Over the last 15 years, the island has become a major freight transshipment point, financial center, and tourist destination.